Once a teacher of the year, always a teacher of the year. And with that comes some amazing opportunities. One of which is my chance to help my friend, Alex Kajitani, with his first ever Teacher of the Year Leadership Summit. This summit is designed to bring together amazing educators from all over California to help develop our leadership skills. My part in the summit is to share how technology can help connect you to the world of education beyond your classroom walls, school site, and even your district.
The big idea I want you all to take away is that becoming a connected educator will not only impact your leadership skills, but will ultimately impact your classroom and change you as an educator forever. Here are three ways you can become a connected educator:
Here are some great blogging tools:
Here are some of my favorite educational bloggers:
2. Social Media
Perhaps one of the biggest game changers in my career was connecting with educators from around the World. While my teammates and I can come up with some amazing ideas in our classroom… we can learn so much more from educators from all over. There have been several times during planning meetings where we are stuck on an idea. Then my teammates will say, “Ask your Twitter friends!” And it never fails, when I ask my PLN they always come up with an amazing answer or tool to help.
What does that even mean? Right? Well is is the combination of video and blog. Vlog! Some educators are beginning to vlog and share their ideas via video conferencing. Here is a list of some of my favorite vloggers or vlogger shows:
- The Bedley Brothers– Tim and Scott Bedley
- Lady Geeks– Katie Regan and Shari Sloane (Edreach Network)
- Eduslam- Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith
- Techlandia– Jon Samuelson, Alison Anderson, Curt Rees
Since becoming a Teacher of the Year, I have become more comfortable sharing what happens in my classroom with so many people. Using social media and blogging has really opened my classroom doors even wider. Since I began to share my classroom strategies and ideas on Twitter and my blog there has been an amazing side effect… I have learned far more from my PLN than I have shared. And that is the whole idea!
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